16 LGUs in Region 12 receive P24M as incentives for good performance

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – Sixteen local government units in Region XII have received a total of P24-million worth of incentives this year from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Reynaldo Bungbung, DILG-12 regional director, said the beneficiaries comprise 12 municipalities and four cities in the region that were conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping based on the 2013 assessment.

He said the PCF is a performance-based reform program of the DILG that grants incentives to eligible LGUs to finance high impact priority local development projects in their areas.

These include projects intended for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, maintenance of core road networks to boost tourism and local economic development, promotion of transparency and accountability in all government transactions, disaster risk reduction management and ecological solid waste management, Bungbung said.

The official said the recipients were the municipalities of Aleosan, Libungan and Tulunan in North Cotabato; Norala, Sto. Niño, Tampakan and Tantangan in South Cotabato; President Quirino, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Lambayong and Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat; Maitum in Sarangani; and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong and Koronadal.

He said the four cities received incentives of P3 million each while the 12 municipalities got P1 million each.

The Seal of Good Housekeeping mainly recognizes LGUs with good performance in internal housekeeping, particularly in the areas of local legislation, development planning, resource generation, resource allocation and utilization, customer service and human resource management and development.

Bungbung said the 16 LGUs specifically passed the different levels of the project’s three main categories: bronze, silver and gold.

The bronze seal is given to LGUs that have no adverse or disclaimer Commission on Audit opinion and fully complied with the full disclosure policy.

The silver seal is for those that posted good or excellent performance as indicated in the Civil Service Commission Report Card Survey on the Anti-Red Tape Act implementation; has functional bids and awards committee; and fully complied with the posting requirement of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System.

The gold seal is given to LGUs with above benchmark Local Governance Performance Management System performance; has an internal audit office; has functionality of local development council, local school board, local housing board and peace and order council; engages in joint ventures or cooperative arrangements with people’s organizations and non-government organizations in the delivery of basic services, capability building, livelihood projects, agriculture and other socio-economic development endeavors; and has indigenous people or IP representation in local Sanggunian and other local policy-making bodies.